Markus Ruch's story is one of a series of encounters. First, he met the world of wine, after a first life as a customer advisor in a bank. Then he met the winemakers with whom he trained. Eight in all, including Hans-Ulrich at Schlossgut Bachtobel, Marie-Thérèse Chappaz, Dominique Derain in Burgundy and Christian Zündel in Ticino. Markus Ruch's unconditional love and fascination for Pinot Noir is certainly the result of his meeting with Dominique Derain, but it was with Christian Zündel, his biodynamic master, that Markus began to talk about the idea of one day having his own vineyard.